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Judge Thomas Burke

Seattle, Washington

Carl Gould, Hermon Macneil

Volunteer Park, 1247 15th Ave E., Seattle, Washington, 98112
Date:  1929
Placement:  parks (recreation areas)
Artwork Type:  sculpture (visual work)
Material:  granite (rock), marble (rock), bronze (metal)
Description:  Gould’s eponymous “Judge Thomas Burke” honors a man who was Seattle’s most famous citizen when he died in 1925. A founding member of the Seattle Chamber of Commerce, he was also a principal organizer of the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition. Burke was also instrumental in bringing the transcontinental railroad to Seattle. In his later years Burke was active in world affairs and human rights. Throughout his life, Burke served as a lawyer, judge, political leader, and diplomat.

“Judge Thomas Burke” was created by Hermon Macneil and designed by Carl Gould, one of Seattle’s most prominent architects at that time. The sculpture was dedicated on March 27, 1930.

Gift to the city of Seattle from the Thomas Burke Memorial Committee.
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